23 October 2007
AN EGYPTIAN APPLIQUÉ HANGING
EGYPT, LATE 19TH OR EARLY 20TH CENTURY
Of rectangular form, the ground applied with red, white, green, blue and brown coarsely woven cotton, the main decoration in the form of an arch surrounded on either side with columns formed of alternating blue and white palmettes below lotus finials and standing on small squares containing swastika design, the rectangluar body of the arch with a design of interlacing strapwork forming ten intricate geometric motifs within a reciprocating skittle border, the arch containing elegant arabesques and within an outer panel of mirrored arabesques, above this a panel of brown calligraphy on red ground, the uppermost panel with a band of alternating red and green interlocking palmettes, some area of corrosion of brown and very slight wear, backed
11ft.11¼ x 4ft.8 5/8in. (303 x 144cm.)
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The inscription in the upper panel is from the Qur'an IV, sura al-nisa', part of v.86.
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